Event Information

The 12th annual Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology will take place Saturday, February 9th, 2019 in 100 Hunt Hall, UC Davis (map).

See here for more information and last year’s contest winners. Check out our archive page for past speakers and abstracts.


Schedule of events for 2019:

9:00am: Registration, Breakfast, and Sign-in 
9:30-9:35am: Welcome and Introduction 
9:35-10:35am: Session I
10:35-11:05am: Break & Diversity Committee Break-out Session
11:05-12:05pm: Keynote Address: Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, UC Merced
12:05-1:10pm: Lunch
1:10-2:30pm: Session II
2:30-3:00pm: Break & Diversity Committee Break-out Session
3:00-4:00pm: Session III
4:00pm: Poster Session and Happy Hour

Preliminary list of talks:

Emily Brodie: How does fire shape plant communities in subalpine forests? Notes from my first field season
Annelise Del Rio: Combined effects of warming and hypoxia on Chinook salmon physiology and development
Frank Fogarty: Fire, grazing, and wintering bird communities in California oak woodlands
Ann Holmes: Using DNA for diet assessment: Marine invertebrates to mammals (and everything in between)
John Mola: What to do when your dissertation is literally on fire
Diego Montecino-Latorre: Disease epidemic and a marine heat wave are associated with the continental-scale collapse of a pivotal predator (Pycnopodia helianthoides)
Adam Pepi: As temperature increases, predator attack rate is more important to survival than a smaller window of prey vulnerability
Lea Pollack: Size matters: social group size influences individual behavior
Benjamin Rubinoff: Investigating the effects of eelgrass and predation on fouling community composition in a temperate estuary

Preliminary list of Posters:

Sarah Gaffney: Temporal priority and patch structure influence native suppression of invasive grasses
John Mola: The response of bumble bees revealed via genetic mark-recapture
Diana Muñoz: Feral horses disrupt greater sage-grouse lekking activity in the Great Basin
Ellie Oldach: Rockweed in Frenchman Bay: Stakeholder-engaged research on an ecologically and commercially valuable species
Julia Owen: Use of noninvasive DNA to study abundance and structure of black bears in the Lake Tahoe Basin
Adam Pepi: As temperature increases, predator attack rate is more important to survival than a smaller window of prey vulnerability
Kyle Phillps: Daphnia magna: Effect of Habitat on Growth and Egg Production
Jess Rudnick: Drought as a driver of change? Growers’ perceptions and participation in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Clara Stuligross: Direct & interactive effects of nutrition & pesticide stressors on the solitary bee Osmia lignaria
Sara Winsemius: The role of fire in shaping subalpine forest structure and carbon dynamics

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